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LIX

TAMERLANE                        205;
residence  and  the  seat  of my empire ;  yet   thou, air
insignificant individual, hast pretended to give away both
Samarcand and Bokhara as the price of a little black mole
setting off the features of a pretty face ; for thou hast
said in one of thy verses :
If that fair maiden of Shiraz would accept my love,
I would give for the dark mole which adorns her cheek
Samarcand and Bokhara."
Hafiz bowed to the ground, and replied : " Alas ! O
Prince, it is this prodigality which is the cause of the
misery in which you see me." The repartee delighted
Tamerlane so much that he treated the poet with kindness
and generosity.
The Campaigns with Toktamish, A.H. 790-793 (1388-
1291).—Toktamish, the head of the Eastern or White
Horde, was a great figure on the stage of Russia, Moscow
being sacked by him in A.D. 1382. The sovereignty
of the Western or Golden Horde also passed into his
family, and thereby the two elder branches of the family
of Juji1 became united. Tamerlane had helped him
when a refugee, but with marked folly and ingratitude
he took advantage of his absence in Fars to invade
Transoxiana, where he defeated the force which met him,
and ravaged the country. The Great Conqueror returned
to Central Asia, and after a long and exhausting march
across the uninhabited steppe, at last, aided by the
treachery of the standard-bearer of Toktamish, defeated
the representative of the house of Juji at the Battle of
Terek, inflicting on him heavy losses.
The Campaign in Fars and Irak, A.H. 794-795 (1392-
1393).—In A.H. 794 (1392), hearing that the state of
affairs in' Persia was unsatisfactory, or more probably
wishing to extend his conquests farther west, Tamerlane
decided on another Persian campaign. He marched as
before by way of Astrabad and Amul, reducing various
strongholds which had held out against him and extirpat-
ing a nest of Ismailis, which had escaped from the massacre
by Hulagu.
1 Mohamedaft Dynasties, p, 228.